Skip navigation

People

David Demarest

Vice President for Public Affairs

David DemarestAs Stanford's senior public affairs official, David Demarest reports to the President of the university and is responsible for directing community initiatives, and overseeing communications, government relations and special events.

Demarest served four years as an assistant to President George H. W. Bush and member of the White House senior staff. As White House communications director, he worked directly with the president, the White House chief of staff and the Cabinet, and in that capacity managed a broad range of White House communications activities, including presidential speechwriting, public liaison, media relations and intergovernmental affairs.

Upon concluding his duties at the White House, Demarest served as executive vice president and director of corporate communications at BankAmerica Corp. and then as executive vice president for corporate relations and brand management at Visa International. He founded AspenLine Reputation Strategies, a specialized reputation management and communications consulting firm based in Sausalito, Calif. He participates as a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business teaching "Political Communications: How Leaders Become Leaders," as well as an undergraduate course "Making Sense of Strategy." He also serves on the board of The Seminar, the George Bush Presidential Library Advisory Council, the Arthur W. Page Society, and the Public Affairs Council.


Elaine Enos

Executive Director, Office of Special Events & Protocol

Elaine Enos is Executive Director of the Office of Special Events & Protocol (OSEP). Elaine provides global event management analysis and services for major university events and ceremonies. The OSEP team also produces special events that involve visiting dignitaries and other complex presentations hosted by the university's President and Provost. Elaine regularly works with faculty, students and staff to ensure that campus events are consistent with the mission, image, reputation and policies of Stanford. She also provides general counsel and education regarding event design, logistical planning and diplomatic protocol.

Before joining Stanford, Elaine was Director of Attorney Administration and Corporate Events at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in North America, Europe and Asia. Among the achievements during her fifteen years there was the establishment of an official corporate events department, the development of a broad range of attorney/client training seminars and special high profile gatherings and community events, all contributing to the internal growth and external expansion of the firm.

Elaine has a bachelor's degree in Political Science/International Relations and a degree in Liberal Studies, with post-graduate studies in business and organizational planning. She joined the Stanford community in 2000.



Larry Horton

Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Public Affairs

Larry Horton Employed at Stanford since 1970, Horton has served in a number of posts including, until recently, as the Director Stanford's federal and state government relations as well as local government and community relations. Horton also served as Assistant and Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Director of Government Relations, and Associate Vice President for Public Affairs. From 1976 to 1977, he participated in the President's Executive Exchange Program in Washington, where he served as an assistant to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Horton holds two Stanford degrees (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Master of Arts in History).


Lisa Lapin

Associate Vice President / Director, University Communications

Lisa Lapin As Stanford's senior communications official, Lapin oversees University Communications and serves as chief spokesperson for the university. The University Communications team has responsibility for Stanford web content and top-level websites; media relations and the News Service; presidential and provost communications; major publications, including Stanford Report, the annual report and Stanford Facts; and campus video production.

Lapin headed communications at the University of California, Davis for nearly a decade, first as director of its News Service and then as assistant vice chancellor for university communications, where she led external and internal communications at the 30,000-student public research university. Her responsibilities at UC Davis included media relations, crisis and issues management, executive communications, primary campus website and publications, marketing, faculty-staff communications, visual identity and design, and development, alumni and parent communications.

Lapin spent 15 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at major daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee. She covered higher education, state and federal politics and environmental issues, and served as education editor and in newsroom management as city editor.